Over one million Americans suffer a slip or fall injury every year. More than 17,000 people die annually from a slip and fall accident, according to 2012 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Slip and fall injuries make up approximately 15% of all work-related injuries, and they are the second most common cause of fatalities on the job.
Nearly 1,800 people die in the United States every year from falls and fall-related injuries in nursing homes alone.
Have you been injured by tripping or slipping, and falling on someone else’s property?
If it was their negligence that caused your fall, you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost income.
Although most of these injuries occur on business property, such as hotels or motels, grocery stores, amusement parks, or department stores, you may also be able to bring a claim if you fell on private property at someone’s home or apartment.
You should immediately seek medical attention for your injuries and take photographs of what caused your fall.
In this type of case, the insurer for the property owner usually will try to make you at fault. Also, they may try to make you sign papers saying they will pay your medical bills which release them from any liability for your pain and suffering and other damages. Indiana is a comparative fault state.
The legal term for this type of claim where someone is injured by slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s property is premises liability. Generally speaking, both business owners and owners of residences have a duty to keep their property safe for visitors. These cases present special difficulties legally because it must be proven either that the owner knew or should have known that the hazard existed before your injury.
If you’re unsure about your case, a FREE consultation can provide you with peace of mind. I will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding. I am firmly committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.